Nature’s Lesson

This morning’s foggy start in Tioga finally provided cooler temps, making it pleasant  
for a bike ride on the Lamb’s Creek trail.

Not even a mile into the 8-mile round trip journey, this velvet-horned buck and his family posed for some pictures.

While papa kept aware and alert, fearful baby fawn ran close to mama doe looking for protection.

The elders seemed unafraid of my presence while the little one was a bit pensive.

Throughout the minute or two of poses, the family nibbled on grass yet kept aware of my presence, aware of my every move.  Awareness of a walker coming the other way prompted a wooded retreat.

Survival in the wilderness always depends on being aware of surroundings and present in the moment to react if any potential threats unfold.

Nature’s lesson is one we, too, would do well to heed.  Being aware in the moment not only prepares us for potential threats but also allows us to take in and enjoy the fleeting sights, sounds and smells available only in the present moment.

Like this family, the present moment is here and gone.

Waste enough time over-thinking about the past or planning for the future and you’ll realize you’ve never made time in the present moment to be joyful and do the things you dream of doing.

How many present moments did you take today to contribute to your heart’s desire?  What are you waiting for?

About Kathy Ruff

Kathy Ruff is a seasoned, freelance business and inspirational writer and author of the Sharing Peace on the Path blog.
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